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Pain Relief Gel

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This article will look at pain relief gel and whether or not it actually works.

Are you suffering from muscle pain? Do you find relief difficult to come by? You’re not alone. Muscle pain is one of the most common complaints people have. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it affects over 76 million people in the United States alone. In the UK, around 1 in 3 people have muscle or joint pain at any given time.

What Is Pain Relief Gel?

Pain relief gel is a topical cream that you can apply to your skin. It typically contains ingredients like menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil, and capsaicin. These active ingredient work by heating up the area and numbing the pain receptors.

  • Menthol, in particular, is known for its cooling and numbing effect. It works by binding to the cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin. When these receptors are activated, they send a signal to the brain that results in a cooling sensation.
  • Camphor, on the other hand, works by causing a tingling sensation that can help to temporarily distract from the pain.
  • Eucalyptus oil and capsaicin work by causing a warming sensation. This can help increase blood flow to the area and reduce pain.

There are many different brands of pain relief gel on the market. Some of the more popular ones include Biofreeze, Icy Hot, and Bengay.

How Does Pain Relief Gel Work?

A person rubbing pain relief gel on their skin

When you apply pain relief gel to your skin, the ingredients interact with the nerve endings in your skin. This interaction triggers a response from your brain that results in either a cooling or warming sensation.

The sensation of heat causes blood vessels to dilate and increases blood flow to the area. This can help to reduce pain by delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. The increased blood flow can also help to remove waste products like lactic acid that can build up and cause pain.

The cooling sensation provided by menthol can help to numb the pain receptors and provide temporary targeted pain relief.

Does Pain Relief Gel Actually Work?

There is some evidence to suggest that pain relief gel can be effective at when applied on painful or swollen area. A study published in the journal Pain Medicine looked at the effect of a menthol-containing gel on muscle pain. The study found that the gel was able to significantly reduce pain and improve function.

Another study published in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at the effect of a menthol-containing cream on exercise-induced muscle soreness. The study found that the cream was able to significantly reduce pain and improve recovery time.

A review of studies published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews also found that topical menthol gels can be effective at reducing muscle pain.

There is also some evidence to suggest that pain relief gel can be effective at reducing arthritis pain. A study published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders looked at the effect of a menthol-containing cream on osteoarthritis pain. The study found that the cream was able to significantly reduce pain and improve function.

Another study published in the journal Pain looked at the effect of a capsaicin-containing cream on arthritis pain. The study found that the cream was able to significantly reduce pain.

A review of studies published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews also found that topical capsaicin-containing creams can be effective at reducing arthritis pain.

Side Effects Of Pain Relief Gel

A person with side effects to a pain relief gel

Pain relief gel is generally safe to use. However, there are some potential side effects that you should be aware of.

The most common side effect is skin irritation. This is typically caused by the ingredients in the gel, such as menthol or capsaicin. If you experience any skin irritation, stop using the gel and speak to your doctor.

It’s also important to note that pain relief gel is not intended for use on broken skin. If you have any cuts or scrapes, wait until they have healed before using the gel.

Finally, pain relief gel should not be used on children under the age of 12. If you have any concerns about using the gel, speak to your doctor.

Who should use pain relief gel?

Pain relief gel can be used by anyone who is experiencing pain. However, it’s important to speak to your doctor before using the gel if you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis.

It’s also important to read the label carefully and follow the instructions. If you experience any side effects, stop using the gel and speak to your doctor.

When should pain relief gel be used?

Joint pain relief gel can be used on affected site as needed for pain relief. Avoid using maximum quantity. And it’s also important not to use the gel more than four times a day.

If you find that you need to use the gel more than four times a day and symptoms persist, speak to your doctor. They may recommend a different treatment option.

Who should not use muscle pain relief gel?

Pain relief gel should not be used by children under the age of 12 as it is an age restricted product. It’s also important to note that pain relief gel is not intended for use on broken skin. If you have any cuts or scrapes, wait until they have healed before using the gel. Finally, if you have any medical conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, speak to your doctor before using pain relief gel.

Are there any alternative treatments for pain?

There are a number of alternative treatments for pain, such as over-the-counter pain medication, acupuncture, and massage. Physical therapy is also a viable long term relief option.

If you’re looking for a natural alternative to pain medication, there are a number of essential oils that can be used for pain relief. Some essential oils that may be effective include lavender oil, peppermint oil, and eucalyptus oil.

It’s important to speak to your doctor before trying any new treatment for pain. They can help you choose the best option for you based on your individual needs.

Bottomline

In conclusion, pain relief gel can be an effective way to relieves pain. However, you need to understand that pain relief is just a short term solution. A lot of people experience pain on a daily basis. Whether it’s due to an injury, illness, or just everyday aches and pains, pain can be debilitating. So the goal should be to treat the root cause and use pain relief gel as a temporary solution to get rid of the pain.

Also, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and only use the gel as directed. If you have any concerns, speak to your doctor before using the gel.

References:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2807713/

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19435909

3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17369287

 

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